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A Midnight Clear (1992)

Cast: Peter Berg, Peter Berg, Kevin Dillon, more...
Director: Keith Gordon, Keith Gordon
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Studio: Columbia TriStar
Genre: War
Running Time: 108 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Synopsis
Based on a novel by William Wharton, A Midnight Clear is set in the Adriennes Forest in December of 1944. A group of American GIs, all of whom have been together a bit too long, cling to the vestiges of their peacetime interests to remain sane. None are brilliant soldiers, though Will Knot Ethan Hawke is the one who exhibits the strongest leadership qualities. Billeted at a chateau, the soldiers begin hearing strange noises emanating from a graveyard, the handiwork of a group of mischievous German soldiers. The two enemy camps draw closer to one another as Christmas approaches, due in great part to the influence of GI Vince "Mother" Wilkins Gary Sinise. A sudden, impulsive hostile act results in the wholesale -- and unnecessary -- slaughter of the German soldiers. Though the exteriors are convincingly mid-European, the film was actually lensed in Utah. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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Across The Lines by TaoG November 30, 2004 - 12:53 PM PST
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Like any war movie worth something to me, this one will break your heart and make you wonder why we still haven't evolved beyond the short-sighted senselessness of war. I recommend it for the stellar cast, especially Frank Whalley and Gary Sinise,who bring their characters to life with subtlety and depth. I can't help but wish there was a director's cut available. Upon viewing the extra's and commentary, it is sad to that Keith Gordon (Director) would have opted for a cut that didn't remove significant character development, a version ultimately more resonant with the themes in William Wharton's book. Don't miss the extra's.




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An Alternative Christmas
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Want some Christmas cheer but tired of the same ol' movies that bludgeon their message? Try these films that subtly warm your heart. Also check out "A Midwinter's Tale," "Comfort and Joy," "Three Godfathers," and John Huston's "The Dead" on video.
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Top 100 Overlooked Films of the 1990s
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Online Film Critics Society's "Top 100 Overlooked Films of the 1990s"
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